Thursday, December 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Truck driver dies in solo crash

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Emergency officials investigate the scene of a one-vehicle fatality accident along the interchange from Eastbound Interstate 80 to Southbound Interstate 680 in Fairfield, Thursday. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. and the driver of the semi truck was the only person involved in the accident.

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From page A1 | August 08, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A fatal solo big-rig crash shut down the connector ramp from eastbound Interstate 80 to southbound Interstate 680 for several hours during Thursday’s evening commute.

The ramp has a curve. The fully loaded big-rig flipped onto its back along the curve, wheels in the air, with the cab crushed on concrete K-rail.

California Highway Patrol Officer W. Lee on the scene of the 4:39 p.m. crash said the truck driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The driver was killed. Lee said more will be known when the coroner’s report is finished.

The officer did not provide his first name.

Officers at the scene could not identify the driver. They said the truck was hauling wine.

The California Highway Patrol issued a regional traffic alert after the crash because of the closed, one-lane connector ramp. The truck wreck didn’t block the connector ramp lane — most of the truck ended up beyond the shoulder —  but emergency crews needed the space.

Removing the overturned big rig took time. As of 10:30 p.m., almost six hours after the accident, the ramp remained closed and the traffic alert remained in place.

A subsequent injury crash reported at 5:16 p.m. on eastbound Highway 12 west of Beck Avenue blocked both lanes of traffic. It involved three vehicles, according to the CHP website. Vehicles were passing the crash scene along the center divide. The roadway was reported as clear about 30 minutes later.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • donovanAugust 07, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    Rest in peace Daryl g we will love you forever

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  • InfinitelightAugust 08, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Darryl G! Rest in paradise brother! My condolences to his wife, family and many many friends world wide. We will miss you. Lisa

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  • 2realAugust 08, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Crazy

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  • gemmaAugust 08, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Well that's really sad. Some of the "curves" we have in this area are very sharp,like the big rig that was going too fast on the bay bridge around a curve, and toppled over. I'm not blaming the driver at all.May he RIP.

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  • Mr. Green ValleyAugust 08, 2014 - 10:36 am

    The interesting part is.. If construction wasn't going on he likely wouldn't have died. Look at how the 'protective' barrier pierced the semi's cab.

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  • jagAugust 08, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    yep agree he would have been ok, also his load is very heave I am just a little confused because those guys haul wine and empty wine bottles 4, 5 times a day from Napa to Benicia so he had to know the road, He must of just hit it to fast.

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  • AngieAugust 08, 2014 - 10:38 am

    I drove past this yesterday comibg from Concord not knowing that I knew the driver. Im soo sad. Rest essy Darryl

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  • Ladder truck at traffic accidents?August 08, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    The Fire dept has to take the Ladder truck to every call. Big rig accident here comes the most expensive complex apparatus the Fire Dept has. So the City bought this equipment to respond on traffic accidents? Why....? It's examples like this...that City residents need to question the reasons why we need to increse our sales tax. These City employees are wasteful!

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